Haredi and religious Zionist politicians expressed outrage at the transportation minister's push to let the light rail run on Shabbat.
The rail system is under construction and is the subject of a political debate in Israel.
The Green and Purple Line tenders, for one of the largest infrastructure projects in Israel’s history, were seen by officials in Washington as a major test of Israeli China policy.
Most of the groups competing for the multibillion-dollar deal include Chinese companies.
The Gush Dan light rail project marked a significant milestone when official trips along the overpass route on Jabotinsky Street in Petah Tikva were officially launched.
NATA chairman places blame at the feet of canceled tender, lacks ‘300 Chinese workers’
The train will be the first light rail train completely manufactured in China which will enter a market of a developed country.
In 2011, Deutsche Bahn pulled out of its responsibility for electricity and communications control on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv train route, because part of the track runs over the Green Line.
The video has already garnered nearly 250,000 views on social media, according to The Jewish Chronicle.
‘Metro’ investigates how work on the mammoth light rail project has impacted Tel Aviv, one year in.